|©2000 Nightmare Records
1. Solace (intro)
2. The Lighter Side Of Darkness (Part I)
3. The Grand Illusion (Another Side Of Darkness – Part II)
4. Silent Rage (The Darkness Still Remains – Part III)
5. The Legacy (of Final Darkness – Part IV)
6. Synchronicity II
7. Years Behind (Bonus Acoustic Track)
Empyria is a band originally formed in 1991. Their first album Behind Closed Doors contained the track “The Lighter Side of Darkness.” Their next album had parts two and three of the “Darkness" suite. This disc sees the fourth and final part with all the others in place.
The Legacy is really an EP comprised of the one twenty-five minute "Darkness" song, a cover song ("Synchronicity II") and a bonus track. The entire "Darkness" song has been re-recorded and is presented as a continuous piece.
Empyria play a forceful style of progressive metal. There is a lot of crunch and grit to the music that is very refreshing when compared to some of the clean and crisply polished music that comes from progressive metal bands. The music is raw and rough is a very interesting way. The singer sounds something like Ozzy Osbourne. The music is great progressive metal with jazzy fusion elements sprinkled liberally throughout. The style changes constantly hooking and holding your interest from start to finish. The guitar work is exceptional with some great shredding solos thrown into the mix. This is a very satisfying disc that shows the potential of the band. The main song is a very mature composition. Considering that it had its start more than five years ago, it should be. Anything that one works on for that long should show the time and effort that has gone into it. The four parts of the "Darkness" song fit together very well and reflect a great deal of promise for future work. The cover of the Police’s “Synchronicity II” is quite interesting. It is different to hear the song with some real teeth in it.
The Legacy is a good disc. It shows a lot of potential for some great stuff from Empyria on future discs.
Review by Matthew Braymiller
Review date: 05/2001